slowly into stride, went left start, off the pace towards rear, headway on inside halfway, went 3rd entering final 2f, badly hampered on rail entering final furlong, switched right and stayed on to 2nd close home, no chance to recover
Ghost Train has attempted to win from the front on his last three starts but found one too good on each occasion while Polytrack winner Desert Philosopher is another speedy sort. Those two should ensure a good pace and hold-up horses Alice's Dancer and Orders From Rome wouldn't want to be too far off the pace in this. GUNG HO JACK could strike the right balance if chasing the leaders and he gets the vote racing off a 7lb lower mark than last year's win at Goodwood with Darren Egan's claim included. Billyrayvalentine finished last on his reappearance but has claims on the best of his two-year-old form.
Billyrayvalentine (CAN) 4-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, last of 11, 10l behind Powerful Wind (8-7) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, always held by winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Show Flower (8-13) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul.
Desert Philosopher 14-1 (9-4) Made virtually all, ridden clear over 1f out, just held on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun beating Mezzotint (9-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Orders From Rome (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Heldd up in last pair, headway on wide outside halfway, chased winner strong challenge and every chance throughout final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Jocasta Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Muhdiq (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 12l behind Sir Fredlot (9-3) at Ayr 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Ghost Train (IRE) 6-5fav (9-6) Led, riden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Proper Charlie (9-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul.
Le King Beau (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Off the pace in 5th on outside, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 4th inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Trending (8-6) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.
Gung Ho Jack 16-1 (9-2) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Jocasta Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.